You may soon get the option to buy something neat you find via Facebook. The company has announced they are testing a “Buy” button on posts which would let you purchase an item on display right from Facebook. The service works from either desktop or mobile.
There’s an app out this week made by Facebook for Facebook users on the iPhone - but it’s more elite than that. You have to be famous to get in on the app. To use this app, you have to be a Facebook "Verified Public Figure" - if you’ve got a blue checkmark next to your name on Facebook, you’re in.
Short videos are quickly becoming a favorite new medium for interaction, with the likes of Vine and Instagram making sure we get our dose. From the funny quip to a “long” moment capture, the micro-video movement is on the rise. Rather than take your videos to the desktop, this iOS app could make you a Vine all-star in no time.
Companies like Google and Facebook know quite a bit about you. Their services, which we use for free, have to monetize somehow. Advertisements are typically how those companies make their money, but how much do they know about you? More to the point, can you control it?
One of the former Facebook data scientists at the heart of the recent controversy over mood manipulation and tests run on unwitting users has spoken out, claiming his quotes were taken out of context, and defending the social network's experimentation. Data scientist Andrew Ledvina, who left Facebook in April, was one of the originally quoted sources when the psychological research carried out by the site surfaced late last month, used to illustrate how Facebook lacked safe review processes for tests performed on its users. Now, Ledvina says that the reporter he spoke to mis-represented the facts.
Facebook Messenger for iPad has finally been released, bringing the social network's standalone IM client to Apple's tablet. Previously only available on the iOS tablet as a doubled iPhone app, the new Messenger supports the same text chats, voice calls, and stickers as its phone counterpart, but in version 7.0 introduces a scaled-up UI.
Facebook's recently revealed emotions experiment has caused an uproar from users and non-users alike, some of it arguably valid, others based on a misunderstanding of what took place. Regardless, the cries of users have been heard, and the social network is now under a probe by the Information Commissioner's Office and other agencies.
The Facebook study conducted a few years back that has so many riled up has finally drawn a response from the company itself. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has spoken out about the “experiment”. Apologizing for the “poor communication” of the program, which lasted for one week in 2012.
Earlier this month it was made apparent that a study was conducted on Facebook users by the Facebook, Inc. Core Data Science Team. A total of 689,003 Facebook users were "exposed to emotional expressions in their News Feed" according to the study, testing whether "emotional contagion" is able to occur without direct interaction between people. Turns out it is, indeed possible to change people’s emotions without nonverbal cues.